It's been two years in the making, but my third book, Creating the Character Costume, is in the home stretch and finally scheduled for release this coming December! I owe a huge thanks to all the people who helped me in the production of this book--my students at UNC-Charlotte; Jennifer, Kent, and Dawn DeVoll for assisting with photos (and food); Richard, Bella, and Cynthia (Hardesty) Siebigteroth for additional help with photos and food; all my featured costumers and cosplayers who gladly offered their time and talents to complete their individual interviews; and of course my patient and long-suffering editors at Routledge. I couldn't have done it without them all, and I believe this will be a project we'll all be proud to be part of!
In addition to finishing the cosplay book, I am also in the final stages of completing my coffee-table zombie book, 'Twas Halloween Evening, with a projected release date of late October. This tongue-in-cheek illustrated poem is written in the style of "Twas the Night Before Christmas, and originally started as a drabble about the zombie apocalypse that my writer's group assigned as one of our writing projects (a drabble is a short work of fiction--around one hundred words--testing the author's ability to express ideas in a confined space). My drabble grew of its own accord until it evolved into a full-length poem, and I had several comments that I should illustrate it and create a book similar to the large, illustrated copies of "Twas the Night Before Christmas. I've been gathering and rendering artwork for it, and have been looking into various publishing options; as it's a very short book, with minimal proofing/editing needed, I've been given to understand it won't take long to produce, and am hoping to have it ready in good time for Halloween!